Morgoth (band)

Morgoth was a German death metal band that was formed in 1985 by Rüdiger Hennecke and Carsten Otterbach in Meschede.

Morgoth Band at Wacken Open Air 2011
Morgoth Band at Wacken Open Air 2011
Background information
OriginMeschede, Germany
GenresDeath metal, industrial metal
Years active1985–1998, 2010–2020
LabelsCentury Media
MembersHarald Busse
Carsten Otterbach
Sebastian Swart
Rüdiger Hennecke
Past membersMarc Grewe


Originally the band used the name Cadaverous Smell and they played grindcore / noise style music. When Harry Busse joined the band they renamed themselves to "Minas Morgul". In 1985 the band settled on Morgoth when singer and bass-player Marc Grewe joined the band. The name was derived from the epithet of the original dark lord Melkor in J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-earth Legendarium. They recorded the Pits of Utumno demo on four tracks in 1988, which eventually led to the band being signed with Century Media, which had just started.

In 1989, Morgoth recorded their second demo Resurrection Absurd in a twenty-four-track studio, which was released by Century Media in the same year as an EP. The band then toured Germany in support of Pestilence and Autopsy. The Eternal Fall was recorded shortly after the tour finished, which was quickly followed by a second tour with Demolition Hammer and Obituary. Grewe stopped playing bass and Sebastian Swart joined as the bass player.

In February 1991, the first actual full-length album was recorded in the Woodhouse studios, titled Cursed. To promote the album the band supported Kreator and Biohazard on a US tour and another European tour with Immolation and Massacre. Most of the band then relocated to Dortmund. Morgoth took a break then and only to return in 1993 with the album Odium. More touring followed, with Tankard, Unleashed and Tiamat. Nevertheless, most of the band members started to lose interest in an active music career and ventured in other directions.

Eventually a third album was recorded, Feel Sorry for the Fanatic, on which they incorporated more and more industrial influences. A tour followed the release of the album, with Die Krupps and Richthofen. The band broke up in 1998. In 2010 reformed to participate in the Death Feast Open Air and confirmed that a 2011 "Cursed" reunion tour will be played. They later performed at the 2011 Wacken Open Air.

As of December 5, 2014 Morgoth parted ways with their longtime lead vocalist Marc Grewe but will continue as a band with a new lead vocalist. The band also released a new album in the spring of 2015, titled Ungod.

On May 24, 2018, the band announced they would be going on hiatus following their performance on June 8 at the Chronical Moshers Open Air in Germany.[1] On December 17, 2020, Morgoth announced that they had broken up again.[2]

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

  • Harald Busse – guitars (1985–1998, 2010–2020)
  • Sebastian Swart – guitars (2010–2020), bass (1990–1998)
  • Sotirios Kelekidis – bass (2010–2020)
  • Marc "Speedy" Reign – drums (2011–2020)
  • Karsten "Jagger" Jäger – vocals (2014–2020)

Former membersEdit

  • Carsten Otterbach – guitars (1985–1998; died 2018)
  • Rüdiger Hennecke – drums (1985–1998)
  • Marc Grewe – vocals (1985–1998, 2010–2014), bass (1985–1990)




  1. ^ "MORGOTH Say Goodbye Until Further Notice". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. May 24, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "MORGOTH: hören endgültig auf". (in German). December 17, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.

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